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  • Smaller districts tend to receive smaller E-rate awards per student than larger districts. Districts with at least 25,000 students were awarded an average discount of $56 per student in Year 2, compared with $30 for districts with between 3,000 and 7,999 students.
  • Smaller districts are also less likely to apply for E-rate discounts than larger districts. Some 97 percent of districts with at least 25,000 students applied in Year 2 of the program, compared with 77 percent of districts with fewer than 3,000 students.
  • Urban districts receive a greater share of the E-rate discounts than rural districts. Half of the total E- rate dollars awarded in Year 2 went to districts in cities, which account for one-third of the nation's students.
  • Districts that are at least 50 percent minority account for about one-third of the nation's students, but received 65 percent of the total E-rate dollars awarded in Year 2.
  • Five states accounted for 42 percent of the total E-rate dollars awarded in Year 2: California, New York, Illinois, Texas, and Georgia. Alaska, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, and Kentucky received the most on a per- capita basis.

Vol. 20, Issue 3, Page S17

Published in Print: September 20, 2000, as Following the Money
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Clarification: The correct source for the chart accompanying this story is The Urban Institute.

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